Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z Theme Reveal - Eclectic

In the past, the theme for my A to Z participation has always been monsters.  One year it was everything zombies.  This time, for my fourth Blogging From A to Z, my theme is ECLECTIC.

Not really a theme?  Well, maybe not.

But I've decided I want to talk about a wide variety of things instead of just one thing.  So I'll hit on a couple of monsters, and I'll include a post about zombies and "The Walking Dead."  However, I also want to talk about other things that I like or that I find interesting.  In addition, I want  to reveal some thoughts on the personal side.  I want participants to learn more about me, and what I do, and how I think.

So my posts will be a medley of thoughts, ideas and fun facts.   I look forward to it!

Visit more A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal posts HERE!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume #3 Available Now for Preorder!

Thanks so much for your patience! Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume #3 is available now for preorder!

Available at Amazon: Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume #3

Jennifer Benton has made it through the zombie apocalypse and has fallen in love with Mark, the charismatic leader of a group of fellow survivors. He’s brought them from Illinois to hoped-for shelter at his family’s Texas ranch, only to discover it destroyed.

The survivors have one more chance when Mark befriends Todd in a nearby refugee camp; he invites the group to fly with him to his wealthy family’s home in Oklahoma.

But what’s inside Todd’s house may be worse than the zombies outside. And now Jennifer has more than Mark and herself to worry about . . .

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy New Year! Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume 2 Audio Book!

Happy New Year!  I look forward to getting back to this blog, particularly with Blogging from A to Z  Challenge in April.

In the meantime, my second audio book is available, narrated by the fabulous Angie Hickman.

Benton: A Zombie Novel Volume 2 AUDIO BOOK

Jennifer Benton's family died in the first wave of zombie attacks. She found friends in a small group of survivors, and she's fallen in love with Mark, the charismatic young man leading them.

Though the survivors now have a fragile sense of safety, some of Jennifer's new friends die, and she has a beautiful blonde rival. Jennifer thinks jealousy will bring Mark back.

She's wrong.

And now everything may be over - for everyone...

Listen to the sample below!  

Buy NOW!

(First audio book available HERE!)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Speculative Fiction Blog Hop

My last blog hop participation for 2014 is my part in the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop.  The post prior to this one is by Amelia Smith, who is currently working on a five-volume epic fantasy series with a "bit of an allegorical slant."

1) What am I working on?

I'm late with Book 3 of the Benton zombie novel series.  So that's what I'm finishing up.  Book 3 will be the final book of the adventures of Jennifer Benton.  In Book 1 she started out alone, and now she's traveling with a group of people. Her life has changed dramatically. In Book 1 and Book 2 we lost some people, and we gained some people. Now that we've come to the conclusion, will Jennifer survive the zombie apocalypse or will she die?

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My goal was not to make Benton different from the others.  The story is its own story, but it follows the typical zombie apocalypse survival formula.  As a reader of this genre, I like the familiar, and I'm writing for people who desire the same.

3) Why do I write what I do?

We live in a difficult time filled with natural disasters, terrorist attacks and diseases, such as Ebola.  At any time, entire communities can be wiped out.  I believe that's why the zombie apocalypse theme is so popular.  It's not far-fetched to think that something like a zombie apocalypse could happen in today's times.

4) How does my writing process work?

Because I write full-time, I approach my writing process like a job.  I have a schedule, and I have set writing times.  I have time carved out for my ghostwriting and time carved out for my fiction writing.

My Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One is now an audiobook narrated by Angie Hickman. You can listen to the entire audio book for free with an Audible trial. (If the Audible link is not working, try the Amazon link.) The trial includes two free audiobooks; you can choose from 150,000 titles, and after 30 days Audible is $14.95 a month.  You can cancel at any time!  Listen to the sample below:

Last but not least on the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop tour is Jessica Fry.  Her post appears on November 17.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Jolie's Blog Hop Contest Winners for Coffin Hop and Zombie Crawl

I'm pleased to announce the winners of the $5 Amazon gift cards!


Nina D'Arcangela


Julia Floyd

Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you both on Monday to send you your gift cards!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coffin Hop: Jessica Robinson, Author of Undead Obsessed

Authors are often asked where they find the inspiration to write their stories. In truth, it can come from anywhere. A dream. A snippet of a conversation they overhear. Wherever. Inspiration for nonfiction isn’t much different. It can come from unexpected places. For Undead Obsessed, it came from World War Z and a scene from The Walking Dead and a desire to find answers.

I have been obsessed with zombies since the first time I saw Night of the Living Dead in junior high, and I’ve always wanted to write about them, but I never knew what I wanted to say. Inspiration sprouted after I watched World War Z. The scientific approach of finding the cause of zombies intrigued me.

I had a professor in college who told me that every film has a message, but if you really want to know what society is afraid of, watch horror. Zombie films portray a lot of social fears, including religion, gender, classism, and race, but what I wanted to focus on was science. The vast majority of zombie films I have watched in my life involved science or a scientist in some way—usually in an unflattering role.

My research began after watching the scene in The Walking Dead when the characters were trying to get a zombie out of a well on Hershel’s farm. To me, this mishap meant they contaminated the water supply and were all doomed. But they went on with their lives like nothing had happened, so maybe I was wrong. I had to find answers, and I did.

Speaking with professionals and researching this book was a lot of fun. I learned a lot of new things. I read things I wouldn’t normally read—and enjoyed them. Inspiration came from an unlikely place. It started with the question: Is this really plausible? And it was amazing where the journey took me.

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What got Jessica Robinson into zombies?

Jessica Robinson's obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high.  Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science.  Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation.  Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.

Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears.  Robinson's goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand.

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About Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson is an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in her books).  Since the first time she watched Night of the Living Dead, she has been obsessed with zombies and often thinks of ways to survive the uprising.  In addition to her nonfiction book, under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, she has written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world.

She has also written nonfiction stories for Serial Killer Magazine and published a book about slasher films called Life Lessons from Slasher Films.

You can learn more about Jessica by visiting her at:

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To enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card, leave a comment below regarding this Jessica Robinson post.  The winner of the gift card will be announced at this blog on November 1.  (The prize will be emailed to the winner.)

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Coffin Hop, the annual horror author blog tour, runs from October 24 to October 31.  Visit some more blogs participating in the tour! Everyone is giving away prizes!